Arwen Podesta, MD, ABPN, FASAM, ABIHM
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Tulane University; Medical Director, ACER LLC; Owner/Psychiatrist Podesta Wellness
Arwen Podesta, MD, is a board-certified adult psychiatrist with sub-specializations in addiction medicine, forensic psychiatry, and integrative & holistic medicine. Dr. Podesta has a background in biochemistry, complementary medicine, and massage therapy. She was excited to successfully merge her intellectual and vocational interests by becoming a medical doctor. Dr. Podesta graduated from the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, and then moved to New Orleans for a psychiatry residency at Louisiana State University. She then pursued a fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry at Tulane University.
After Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Podesta was involved with psychiatric care for the most needy and disenfranchised. She was awarded the Gambit’s 40 Under 40 in 2009. Dr. Podesta has been actively working in the public sector, as Chief Medical Officer of Odyssey House Louisiana, Medical Director of ACER, and consulting Orleans Criminal Court Intervention (Drug Court), and Municipal Court Diversion Services. She is also chair and co-creator of the New Orleans Forensic Mental Health Coalition. Dr. Podesta recently helped create, and is Medical Director of, a new treatment group, Dependency Pain Treatment Center. At all of these venues and programs, her main focus is access to holistic addiction and dependency treatment, and rational prescribing practices. Dr. Podesta continues to teach and pursue academics, is a Tulane Clinical Faculty member, serves on a dissertation committee at University of Texas School of Public Health, Dallas, teaches at the NOPD Academy, and consults with several other organizations and institutions. She is a well-renowned speaker, and travels to teach and speak on the subjects of Addiction Medicine and Integrative Psychiatry.
After opening Podesta Psychiatry LLC in 2012, Dr. Podesta has been voted into New Orleans Magazine Top Doctors every year. The team at Podesta Psychiatry includes some of the best treatment providers in the Gulf Coast. Podesta Psychiatry has grown toward the multi-disciplinary collaborative model that embodies Dr. Podesta’s wellness model for whole health.